"He's so rich with culture and been able to recognize talent for so many years and have an incredible legacy. I'm just really happy to still be a part of it and still take an award home," Usher said. "To be an artist that's been able to continue to evolve and transcend culture, it's from the book of Dick Clark, the fact that he's, throughout generations, been able to recognize incredible talent across genres."
Usher helps guide the career of the night's big winner, Bieber, who accepted awards for pop/rock male artist, pop/rock album for "Believe" and artist of the year Sunday.
"The proof is in the pudding," Usher said. "The longer you do it, the more of an example you can set and being able to be that to him, being a mentor and just being an artist who continues to evolve... we're just going to continue to push him to be his best self."
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: www.twitter.com/APSandy .